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Zambo rolls out hero’s welcome for Diaz, et al

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Zamboanga City rolled out a rousing hero’s welcome for Asian Games medalists Hidilyn Diaz, Eumir Felix Marcial and Jefferson Rey Loon upon their arrival from Manila at noon yesterday.

Mayor Beng Climaco personally welcomed the three athletes at the Zamboanga City International Airport and ushered them to a motorcade downtown to City Hall grounds where the enthusiastic crowd of Zamboangueños and city officials patiently waited to see them.

Confetti rained over City Hall grounds and the drums roared as soon as the athletes alighted from the vehicles, to a rousing applause from the crowd.

Diaz, a member of the Philippine Air Force, delivered the first gold medal for the Philippine delegation during the recently concluded Asian Games in Indonesia. She bested in women’s weightlifting 53kg category.

Marcial and Loon, on the other hand, bagged a bronze medal each in boxing and Pencack Silat, respectively.

In recognition of their international feat, the city government awarded certificates of appreciation and cash incentives totaling half a million pesos—P300,00 to Diaz, and P100,000 each for Marcial and Loon.

Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and some city councilors also turned over to the athletes a Sangguniang Panlungsod resolution, expressing the legislature’s commendation and appreciation of the athletes for their historic achievements in such an international sports event.-(Vic Larato)




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